Feeling as if Christmas can’t come soon enough? With endless dark nights and extra warm layers constantly needed, winter can be a stressful time for us all.
Now that Christmas is just around the corner, however, now’s the time to think about the best way to keep your home as cosy and comfortable as possible.
Your home improvements don’t need to break the bank but will help you stay in the festive spirit until the clocks go forward again. Here is how home improvements can refresh your space for winter.
Invest in soft lighting
Especially if you’re currently working from a laptop, harsh lighting and dark spaces can make your comfy corners feel more like the office than home. Switching to energy-saving lightbulbs with a softer glow, and choosing warm lamps rather than ceiling lights will help your space feel cosy and inviting.
As well as this, warmer lighting means you can better switch off at the end of the day, and enjoy your evening stress-free in a calming environment.
Stay cosy and warm
Now we’re in the middle of winter, it’s more important than ever to stay warm at home. It’s impossible to relax properly when you feel chilly.
If you’re struggling to stay warm even when your heating’s on, it might be time to compare boiler quotes and invest in a new boiler.
Offering competitive pricing and payment plans to make sure everyone can stay warm this winter, BOXT has a range of boilers to suit your household’s needs.
Having a boiler you know you can rely on will give you peace of mind in the run-up to Christmas, and help you stay productive and comfortable while you spend time at home.
Let the natural light in
On the days when the sun does shine, one easy way to refresh your interiors is to let the natural light in.
While you might be tempted to keep your curtains or blinds closed to keep the heat inside, sunlight streaming in actually makes your home feel warmer.
The vitamin D sunlight contains has many other benefits, too. Allowing the sunshine to keep your home light and bright can lift your mood, help you enjoy better sleep and even give you more of an appetite.
Touch up your paintwork
No matter how careful you are, day to day life is bound to cause wear and tear to your walls and furnishings. If you’re in the mood for some DIY, covering up any scuffs, marks or spots on your walls makes a noticeable difference to your home.
You can find high-quality paint, rollers and brushes for a low price that won’t put a dent in your savings, and can quickly make a difference to your interiors.
Freshening up your walls with lighter, brighter paint will also help your home feel more spacious. While this is a great way to refresh your home all year round, touching up your paintwork in winter lets you enjoy your clean, new space while you’re spending more time indoors than usual.
Have soft blankets and cushions on hand
As well as making sure your heating is in top condition for Christmas, another way to cosy up your home is to invest in warm throws, knitted blankets and velvet cushions.
Mixing up your cushions every few months is a great way of refreshing your interiors without going over your budget. By having comfortable, soft furnishings around you, you can make your home feel a lot warmer and more inviting, so you can relax properly.
Surrounding yourself with eye-catching fabrics and textures also makes your home a lot more aesthetically pleasing, too, especially if you pick cosy, deep textures and colours.
Add in natural elements
Finally, one of the best ways to refresh your space is to bring the outside world in. Adding hints of green with houseplants, cacti or fresh flowers injects some natural life back into your home.
Plants can make the air cleaner and calmer, and help you feel summery even while it’s cold outside.
How to have a healthy winter this year
If you are planning how to feel good this winter then you need to add a healthy diet to that. Whether you follow a weight loss plan or just eat a little healthier it should be easy to plan a healthier winter.
A few simple swaps like grilled chicken instead of fried chicken could make all the difference.
Soup is always a popular winter meal but not always filling. Pasta soups can help and become a staple on your winter meal plan alongside the classic beef stew.
Are you starting the day with a healthy filling breakfast? Try overnight oats or baked oats for a good start to the day as an alternative to porridge and I am sure you won’t feel hungry until lunch. Why not pop your tea in the slow cooker at the same time as you make breakfast to save time? Most recipes can easily be adapted for the slow cooker.
If you hate meal planning I have winter meal plans that could help you, why not take a look at the warming winter meal plan? If you need a big boost then my syn free meal plan might be perfect too.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on nutrients too with things like cranberry juice drinks and ensuring any recipes you make have plenty of vegetables.